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Ep. 103 - The Phoenix and the Dragon - Beacon Series Ft. Christine Arylo - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 103 - The Phoenix and the Dragon - Beacon Series Ft. Christine Arylo - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

January 7, 2021

Ep. 103 - The Phoenix and the Dragon - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Christine Arylo, author of "Overwhelmed & Over It: Embrace Your Power to Stay Centered & Sustained in a Chaotic World" by New World Library

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Welcome to the first episode of 2021. I'm not sure that I could have handpicked a much more relevant guest to kick off the new year than author, feminine leadership advisor, and feminine leadership advisor Christine Arylo.
 
Christine agreed to visit with me on Find the Good News to discuss her new book, "Overwhelmed & Over It: Embrace Your Power to Stay Centered & Sustained in a Chaotic World." The new book is directly pointed at women who are facing the merry-go-round of pressures that often lead to system burnout.
 
What I found in reading this new work, and in my dynamic visit with Christine, was that the stresses of keeping all the floats balanced out, especially in the wildly chaotic times we've seen throughout 2020, has an equally corrosive effect on men as well.
 
Christine helped me realize some old, self-sacrificing habits I've fallen into and perpetuated throughout my adult life. By labeling these habits as "compassion," I have basically been giving myself permission to self destruct.
 
Christine's mission is to help beings develop healthier decisions and actions that can lead through the sticky chaos patterns that dominate us. I believe that applying even a portion of what Christine shares can help bring a richer, fuller life into fruition.
 
Now, it's time to lay down the endless array of tasks, responsibilities, sacrificing, and outdated approaches you may be using to get through your days, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 102 - The Tumbleweed Tree - Beacon Series Ft. John Wackman & Elizabeth Knight - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 102 - The Tumbleweed Tree - Beacon Series Ft. John Wackman & Elizabeth Knight - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

December 16, 2020

Ep. 102 - The Tumbleweed Tree - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. John Wackman & Elizabeth Knight, co-authors of "Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture" by New World Library

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Sometimes an episode release date aligns perfectly with a special occasion that makes the content of the conversation even more relevant. As it turns out, my conversation with John Wackman and Elizabeth Knight, co-authors of the new book Repair Revolution: How Fixers Are Transforming Our Throwaway Culture, would be one of those episodes.
 
Each year, as we approach the Christmas-New Year season, my mind lingers on the incessant pulling-and-hauling that is about to begin, the vacillation between the acquisition of shiny new items, and the inevitable shucking of used goods, many that were perhaps obtained only a year before. I've struggled through these seasons for a long time, and anyone that has been willing to lend me an ear during this season has probably had to suffer through one of my diatribes about re-sanctifying this time of year, redirecting our energies on peace, mercy, and goodwill toward others, instead of another perpetual round of trinkets and gadgets that will bloat the landfills of tomorrow.
 
My personal practice is something I call "secondhand sacred," which, in short, means finding spirit, fresh meaning, and new uses for forgotten, discarded, and broken things. I was happy to find many alignments to this practice in Repair Revolution, and even more during my visit with John and Elizabeth.
 
The crucial element of this revolution comes in the form of "repair cafés," which are essentially gatherings of generous fixers and tinkers with a variety of expert skills at fixing our stuff. As John and Elizabeth explain, people line up at these repair cafés with their band-aided and broken items.
 
Whether it's a shirt that needs mending, a blender that won't blend, a record player that won't play, or a lamp that won't light, it seems there is no end to the knowledge and willingness of fixers to teach people how to bring their cracked and crooked items back to life. Not only do people get their items repaired, but they learn firsthand how to make these fixes themselves.
 
It really is revolutionary, yet so simple, this idea that someone can be taught how to make a simple repair, seek out the parts and extend the life of their utilized and treasured belongings. Beyond the transfer of know-how, John, Elizabeth, and all the fixers and tinkers get to hear the stories attached to so many of the precious items that come through the doors of the repair cafés.
 
There are many items in my life that have moved from a simple utility, transformed into the stuff of legend through the life that wielded it. Maybe you have items like this; a sewing machine, a rocker, a hammer, a skillet, or pot.
 
It is certainly easy to click through and have a new item delivered to you, but just because we can doesn't mean that we should. There is a cumulative impact on our environment when we live this way, and I would go further still and say that it also has an impact on our souls.
 
Maybe, the repair revolution isn't just about fixing our broken belongings. Maybe, it's also about repairing ourselves and the fractured relationship we have with our belongings and world.
 
Now, it's time to rethink old habits, take a pause before tossing something out, consider the interconnected nature of the world, and our place in it. Now, tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 101 - The Firefly Entanglement - Beacon Series Ft. Kim Chestney - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 101 - The Firefly Entanglement - Beacon Series Ft. Kim Chestney - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

December 9, 2020

Ep. 101 - The Firefly Entanglement - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Kim Chestney, author of "Radical Intuition: A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power" by New World Library

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Have you ever had a feeling, a hunch, or an inner knowing that seemed to guide you through a series of right actions? Maybe it was a feeling about a space, a place, a person, or a particular circumstance. If you followed the promptings of that feeling, did you find the end result to be better than what you'd originally assumed?
 
Kim Chestney, my guest on Find the Good News and author of the new book, "Radical Intuition: A Revolutionary Guide to Using Your Inner Power," has made accessing and utilizing this inner knowing her life's work.
 
I sincerely love the matter-of-fact way Kim approaches the topic of personal intuition, bringing it outside the sphere of "woo", and down to a practical, approachable level. She teaches us how to put intuition to work in our ordinary lives which, ironically, reveals the extraordinary connection that we have with the people, experiences, and world around us.
 
We live in wild times, filled with a lot of uncertainty, but Kim encourages us to lean on our inner-knowing, an underutilized natural sense that helps us perfectly steer the ships of our lives as we navigate potentially choppy waters.
 
With so much angst, anxiety, and discord around us, it is easy to feel like a victim. Kim Chestney reveals that we have more help built into us than we realize, and the uncanny thing is that it's been there all along.
 
I sincerely enjoyed my visit with Kim, and my intuition tells me you'll leave this talk with new insights, just as I did.
 
Now, it's time to shake off some of the structure, lay down the stress of layered does-and-don'ts, prepare to go on a hunt for the still, small voice inside you, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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BONUS - The Teasers - Episodes 54–100 - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

BONUS - The Teasers - Episodes 54–100 - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

December 8, 2020

Find the Good News has been a positive experience for me, and a project that has allowed me to use my communication, design, and production skills paired with my deep desire to reflect on the human condition, that is to mean the great questions of why we are here, who we are, what is goodness, and what inspires some to right action.

Find the Good News has been an evolving project, and in episode 54 I decided to change the edit a bit by pulling a short clip from the guest, placing it at the beginning of the episode, giving listeners a teaser that frames the tone of the episode.

Recently, Find the Good News reached the milestone of 100 numbered episodes. I thought it might be fun to take all of the teasers from the beginning of each episode, 54 through 100, and place them into one listening experience. While it's not a conversation, it is a quick glimpse into the overall expanse, depth, and variety of conversations this format has created for my guests and me.

If you've thought about listening to Find the Good News, but have never pressed play, I'd encourage you to do so on this bonus feature I've titled "The Teasers."

Each episode's title and title card should appear on the screen, so if you're listening and feel you'd like to listen to that episode, just pause and visit www.FindTheGood.News. There, you'll find all recent episodes, the full line up, and my Beacon Series collection.

Thank you for taking this Good News journey with me.

-Brother Oran Parker

Ep. 100 - The Power of Three - Beacon Series Ft. Michael J. Gelb - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 100 - The Power of Three - Beacon Series Ft. Michael J. Gelb - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

December 1, 2020

Ep. 100 - The Power of Three - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Michael J. Gelb, author of "Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career" by New World Library

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We made it, my friends and listeners. Welcome to the 100th numbered episode of my Find the Good News podcast.
 
When I think deeply on the line-up of good people doing good works that I’ve visited with over the past two years, I understand how each of them has been like a teacher. They’ve allowed me to discover and learn without judgment, and they’ve opened up their tender hearts to me without fear of new wounds. I’ve spoken to neighbors and friends putting their good news into action right here in the Louisiana gulf coast communities we call home, and I’ve expanded the Good News signal to bring you visits with unique thinkers and doers that are doing good works throughout the world.
 
In the very beginning, I recall a thought that if I could just produce three quality conversations, get them out into the ether, then others would come, and together we could put something good out into the world. Oddly enough, my guest in this special 100th episode, Michael J. Gelb, propagates a similar philosophy in his good work as a speaker, motivator, writer, and teacher.
 
As listeners of Find the Good News may know, I suffered from social anxiety for many, many years. This anxiety kept me away from many joyful and beneficial activities in my life. The ability to sit with this microphone and share with you openly and honestly is the result of decades of hard work. In Michael’s latest book, "Mastering the Art of Public Speaking: 8 Secrets to Transform Fear and Supercharge Your Career,” he cuts right into the heart of fear itself, offering advice, perspectives, and practical thought exercises to help transmute the energies of fear and anxiety.
 
The reality is that life is relationship, and with relationship comes communication. Good communication, free from fear and anxiety, crafted to serve the common good of all beings, is a good work. I believe that serving the common good is the tie that binds across the expanse of Michael Gelb’s body of work. Just looking at the titles of his books you’ll find words like creativity, connection, healing, innovation, thinking, mastering, power, learning, discovery, and genius. When a being chooses to point all of these faculties at the well being of others, goodness blooms.
 
I am thankful to Michael Gelb for being a part of this milestone episode. I am grateful to New World Library for connecting me with Michael, and so many other wonderful authors. I am humbled that so many have taken the time to share the right-round-table with me, whether in person or virtually. 
 
The world is always changing. I don’t know what the next 100 conversations will bring, but I’m ready to listen. Whatever I hear, I’m going to continue to learn, and I’ll continue to put forth my best effort to use each of these visits to grow a good heart.
 
Now, it’s time to get take another look at your anxieties and fears, let the butterflies of nervousness become the wings of excitement, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 99 - The Mother’s Refuge - Beacon Series Ft. Paria Hassouri, MD - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 99 - The Mother’s Refuge - Beacon Series Ft. Paria Hassouri, MD - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

November 23, 2020

Ep. 99 - The Mother's Refuge - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Paria Hassouri, MD, author of "Found in Transition: A Mothers' Evolution During Her Child's Gender Change " by New World Library

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It fascinates me how easy it can be to congratulate myself on being open-minded, all-inclusive, and accepting of others. My self-praise doesn’t end there, as I’m always ready, it seems, to easily forgive myself for the secret judgments and grudges that I don’t speak out loud for the world to hear. It’s not very difficult to envision oneself as some type of enlightened being with an expansive and compassionate heart when we’re never presented with information or circumstances that threaten the levees that protect us from all the varieties of human existence that color our world.
 
This may seem like a strange way to lead you into my conversation with Paria Hassouri, MD, author of Found in Transition: A Mother’s Evolution During Her Child’s Gender Change, but after reading her book and visiting with her, I quickly learned that for all the heart-and-mind work that I claim to do, I still have old mazes to navigate, filled with lingering fears.
 
Paria’s work is an honest one, a memoir free from the veneer of personal perfection that we’ve grown accustomed to, a type of tailored-for-consumption presentation that I myself am guilty of.
 
I was watching my mind as I read this work of hers, looking to see what thoughts would arise, almost as if I already knew on some level that I would feel the sting of my own boundaries to accept others for who there are. The truth was that I was afraid to meet the limits of my understanding. What I discovered, in Paria’s book and in our conversation, was that the way to expand my love was to meet those limits and not turn away.
 
The journey of shock, pain, confusion, acceptance, renewal, and love that Paria and her daughter go through is enlightening. It has not only given me a more nuanced understanding of my expanded human family, but it also provided me the opportunity to feel textures and wounds inside me that I’d never touched before. When we are given the chance to see old wounds, we can lay hands on them to heal.
 
I am thankful for Paria’s courage and willingness to share her book and time with me.
 
Now, it’s time to lay old fears aside, seek out our tender hearts, make room for all the varied children of the earth, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 98 - The Character Lines - Beacon Series Ft. Bridgit Dengel Gaspard - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 98 - The Character Lines - Beacon Series Ft. Bridgit Dengel Gaspard - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

November 5, 2020

Ep. 98 - The Character Lines - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, author of "The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals" by New World Library

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If you’ve been listening to Find the Good News for any length of time then you’ve probably picked up on my personal interest in exploring the landscape of the human mind and heart.
 
As Find the Good News makes its way toward 100 episodes, it’s clear to me that the good work this show might be doing—through the vehicle of intimate listening and sharing—could be leading others to ask that most-profound question that I’ve been asking most of my life; who am I, really?
 
In this episode, I visit with Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, author of the new book, “The Final 8th: Enlist Your Inner Selves to Accomplish Your Goals.” 
 
Bridgit helps her clients discover and engage their inner world through the voice dialogue method, which I am finding to be an indispensable holistic tool.
 
What I discovered in reading Bridgit’s new book is that there were very clear and strong voices, characters, or aspects of myself that I’d never really acknowledged. Many of these characters embody some of my best and worst characteristics, adopting them as their full identity. Some are a great source of strength, and many clearly developed out of personal pain, fear, and guilt. While they may have served me well during times of hardship or strife, their loud voices have steered me away from many joys.
 
In this visit with Bridgit, she encourages me, and you, to open an active dialogue with these manifold inner beings, hearing what they have to say by lending our own voice so they can express their fears and hopes.
 
Bridgit eagerly and openly allowed me to share and lovingly provided practices to help me further along in my own holistic journey of self-healing and discovery.
 
Her book really is a treasure, and I plan to put what she shares into practice. My conversation with her has lingered in my mind for many days.
 
I think I’m starting to see and understand the origins of these many Orans that are perhaps looking to be healed, or lend a helping hand when this particular Oran needs it because, in truth, they are me.
 
Now, it’s time to take a look inside yourself and ask the great question, “who am I, really," then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 97 - The Step Towards Joy - Beacon Series Ft. Kathy Callahan - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 97 - The Step Towards Joy - Beacon Series Ft. Kathy Callahan - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

October 28, 2020

Ep. 97 - The Step Towards Joy - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Kathy Callahan, author of "101 Rescue Puppies: One Family's Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust" by New World Library

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I have to be honest; lately, I’ve been feeling a little burned out, and why wouldn’t I? Like you, I’ve been on this train without breaks that has 2020 painted on the side, and I suppose all the bumps and rickety tracks have rattled my brain and frayed my nerves. We’re all doing the best we can do with the hand we’ve been dealt.
 
I can testify that a human mind, my human mind, needs a reprieve from the battering inflicted by news cycles choked with fires, storms, politics, and pandemics. Recently, my break came at me sideways in the form of the lovely little book, “101 Rescue Puppies: One Family’s Story of Fostering Dogs, Love, and Trust” by Kathy Callahan. What I was expecting was a quick read about the world of animal rescue work and fostering, but what I got was a shot of joy right to the heart, a serum for the gloomy settling mood I could feel draping all over me.
 
In this conversation with Kathy, I discover that her road to animal fostering didn’t come from some lifelong adoration of animals, but rather it developed over time, growing into other parts of her life and the lives of those she encountered through her good work. Her much-needed message, which arrived in the form of perpetual puppy love, is that a human doesn’t have to wait for the perfect circumstances or training to arrive before they step toward joy.
 
What Kathy believes and practices is that by making that first move forward, good will compound upon good, love grows from love, and happiness blossoms and spreads in ways that could not be conceived of at the beginning of the journey.
 
Kathy Callahan reminded me of the priceless value of connection to the world of creatures beyond my own species, and her book proves that when people show compassion to other creatures their hearts expand, making more room for love, hope, and healing.
 
Now, it’s time to get out of the 2020 grind, find your faith in the great human capacity to do the right things, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 96 - The Ph.D. in the Glitch - Beacon Series Ft. Hersch Wilson - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 96 - The Ph.D. in the Glitch - Beacon Series Ft. Hersch Wilson - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

September 24, 2020

Ep. 96 - The Ph.D. in the Glitch - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Hersch Wilson, author of "Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide To Thriving In Tough Times" by New World Library

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So often, the guests I’ve spoken with on Find the Good News have been relevant to what was going on in my life, or in the world at the time. This hasn’t been intentional, or by design, necessarily; I talk to the guests in turn, accepting whatever good people come into my life through the Good News signal.
 
It’s a fascinating thing, really, to speak deeply with a guest and adopt, or understand, their worldview for the duration of these talks. I take the things we discuss seriously, and I’m always looking for something applicable and relevant that I can put to work in my very ordinary life. When I visited with Hersch Wilson, author of the new book “Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide To Thriving In Tough Times,” I had no idea that only a week after our conversation I would be asked to put everything in our talk, and his book, to the test.
 
You see, Hersch’s book is all about finding meaning, resilience, hope, and your personal metal during the difficult days that are sure to come, moments when everything you’ve trusted in crumbles before your eyes. Hersch, who has been a firefighter since 1986, calls these moments of discord and disruption “the glitch."
 
On August 27th, only 9 days after our conversation, Hurricane Laura barreled through Southwest Louisiana, and I—along with all the citizens of our region—got to experience the glitch first hand. Everything that I had read in Hersch’s book, and had taken away from our conversation, immediately came into play.
 
One day you’re planning your next podcast episode, tightening the screws on your existing comforts, thinking about how to navigate the existing glitches caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the approaching civil boiling point, made worse by divisive, power-mad politicians in an election year, and the next you’re quickly making evacuation preparations, shoring up resources, leaving stability behind, eventually returning to a powerless region with no potable water, filled with shattered businesses, crippled infrastructures, desperate citizens, and obliterated homes. This was the glitch, and I, along with many others, was in it.
 
I thought of my conversation with Hersch often over then past weeks of stabilization and recovery. Hersch Wilson has found a way to navigate the glitch with practical wisdom and grace.
 
In this conversation, and in his book, Hersch does not skirt around difficult subjects and chooses instead to deal with life as it really is. He takes all the unsavory parts life brings as a whole, feeling its sometimes coarse, bumpy skin, then in the midst of it all, he offers perspective to help us do more than just survive; he shows us how to thrive.
 
I didn’t know just how grateful I would be to have read Hersch’s book in advance of the storm. Having the opportunity to visit with him ahead of this natural disaster ended up being a great gift. It was a blessing in the glitch, and I hope that our visit, and his book, will be the same for you.
 
Now, it’s time to look at things just as they are without the preconceived notions of this-and-that, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 95 - The Jewel in the Ashes - Beacon Series Ft. Robin Easton - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 95 - The Jewel in the Ashes - Beacon Series Ft. Robin Easton - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

September 13, 2020

Ep. 95 - The Jewel in the Ashes - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Robin Easton, author of "Naked In Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest."

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Finding the right words to introduce my guest for this episode isn’t difficult. In fact, as I sat and meditated on our conversation, waiting for sweet, descriptive honey to drip from my mind to my lips, the most simple words I’ve ever used to frame any guest of Find the Good News came to mind. Robin Easton, my dear human sister that you are about to meet, is the human embodiment of a radiant, glowing, sacred heart.
 
Every single conversation I’ve had on Find the Good News has blessed me in some way. I’ve gained new perspectives, found clarity in my existing paradigms, and watched as clunky ideas and forms of reasoning were turned to ash, fertile soil for fresh spiritual fruits. In this very intimate conversation with Robin Easton, author of “Naked in Eden: My Adventure and Awakening in the Australian Rainforest,” I listened anew as we traveled each of these cycles for several revolutions. 
 
Through this show I have made many new and diverse relationships all across the world, meeting people living lives of goodness that I’d never dreamed of connecting with. In traversing these intermingled online circles I met Robin, and it was clear from the jump that she was a generous communicator with a willingness to pour out love and prose like a living fountain.
 
Nature seemed to create a common bond between us, and it was through this thread that I learned about her book, “Naked in Eden,” a very personal memoir of her spiritual awakening in the Australian rainforest. I purchased the book and was mesmerized by the rich detail and palpable way she shared the entire experience. This book, and Robin’s special gift of revealing her naked spiritual heart, drew me in alongside her as she experiences an integration with the natural world that so few of us shackled to our cities could ever experience.
 
When Robin agreed to visit with me on Find the Good News, I was thrilled. Once technology made it possible for us to connect, her good heart shimmered like a multi-faceted jewel. I believe Robin is walking the path of the Bodhisattva, a giver, a true lamp for those desiring light.
 
It is my great hope that you will feel what I felt in speaking with her, that you will hear the elemental outpouring of love in her voice, a love that comes from a human heart that is ready to embrace the entire world.
 
Now, it’s time to loosen your grip on what you think you know, clear your mind of preconceived notions, open your heart as far as you are able, then tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 94 - The Guardian - Beacon Series Ft. Linda Carroll - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 94 - The Guardian - Beacon Series Ft. Linda Carroll - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

August 18, 2020

Ep. 94 - The Guardian - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Diana Carroll, author of "Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love," published by New World Library

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I think it would be fair to say that generally, life is a relationship. We’re in some type of relationship from the day that we are conceived. Our first relationship is to our mother, then those that raise us, extended family, perhaps our classmates, teachers, and friends.
 
Depending on our growing awareness, perhaps we are able to perceive the textured nuances of each of these connections, and further still, how the synergy is affected through our circumstantial relationship to culture, community, and environment.
 
For many, there comes a point where a devoted, intentional bond is made with another human being, and the factors that draw them together are manifold. I would call this a bond of love, a sacred partnership. If nurtured, it can grow far beyond the early entanglements that caused the initial attraction.
 
This sounds wonderful, and it can be, yet many relationships still fail, and we’re left wondering what we could have done differently, and how we can use more skillful means with others. Linda Carroll, the author of “Love Skills: The Keys to Unlocking Lasting, Wholehearted Love," presents a resource to do just that.
 
Linda’s book was a walk down memory lane for me, stopping to examine where I’ve been, the choices I’ve made, the “why” behind the things I’ve done when in relationship. It helped put fresh eyes on present relationships, and how past patterns and experiences could be affecting intimacy—for better or for worse—revealing specific actions I can take to better the quality of my relationships.
 
My conversation with Linda was pleasant and personal, and she is clearly an observant, thoughtful listener with deep insights on human companionship and love. There is no doubt in my mind that she genuinely wants people to have much healthier and deeper relationships.
 
Considering the complexities caused by extreme distancing, close proximity, or isolation many may feel during the times we live in, perhaps there is no better time for a book like “Love Skills” to come along.
 
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Ep. 93 - The Truth of Our Biases - Beacon Series Ft. Simran Jeet Singh - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 93 - The Truth of Our Biases - Beacon Series Ft. Simran Jeet Singh - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

July 15, 2020

Ep. 93 - The Truth Of Our Biases - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Professor Simran Jeet Singh—educator, writer, activist, and scholar.

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Sometimes I feel that I may have made a mistake when I named this podcast. Having a show called “Find the Good News” sets the precedent that my guests and I must only talk about positive things. While my end goal is to always lean our conversations toward goodness and good works, I realize fully that we can’t get there by ignoring the obvious troubles we are facing right now in the world.

Intentionally staring deeply into dark chasms filled with brokenness, suffering, despair, and injustice has been a part of my personal journey of awakening and healing since the very beginning, and if you’re a regular listener then you know I walk that path with the guests of this show. The most important part of that companionship is that we walk into those troubled places together, in support of one another, with an intention to learn from what we see and to bring information out that can be put to good work immediately.

My companion into the blight for this episode of “Find the Good News” is educator, writer, activist, and scholar Professor Simran Jeet Singh. Simran is regularly on the frontline of many conversations regarding issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

As an American citizen, and a devoted Sikh, Simran had to deal with many of these societal biases throughout his childhood, only to have those biases strengthened after the September 11th attacks in 2001. During our visit, he offered unique, firsthand perspectives that are honest about the truth of our biases.

In a country whose fabric is literally crafted from a manifold array of cultures, colors, and fibers, there is still a very strong tendency for those at the loom to bleach away the beautiful patterns that could emerge. The white-washing of history in an attempt to remove the stains and pains of the past is a very present reality.

As Simran and I discuss, it is absolutely critical that we acknowledge where we’ve been so we can heal the old multigenerational wounds inflicted by racism, bigotry, and an unwillingness to fully appreciate all the textures of humanity. He allowed me to speak with him openly, without judgment. He offered a brother’s ear, and heartfelt kindness.

The cyclical rhythms of injustice and ignorance have resulted in a swelling tidal rage that has crested the levies of apathy. Change is the law, and the flood of outrage that has emerged is a natural result of too much pain and discrimination for far too long. That is why I believe that conversations like the one I had with Simran Jeet Singh must happen more often. They are happening now.

As different as we each many seem on the surface, there is a human kinship and common dream of peace, equanimity, and well-being that can emerge if allies keep finding each other and working together. Visiting with Simran Jeet Singh filled me with an unbiased hope that it is possible.

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Ep. 92 - The Resonant Strings - Beacon Series Ft. Meido Moore Roshi - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 92 - The Resonant Strings - Beacon Series Ft. Meido Moore Roshi - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

July 2, 2020

Ep. 92 - The Resonant Strings - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Meido Moore Roshi, abbot of Korinji, a Rinzai Zen monastery, and author of "The Rinzai Zen Way: A Guide to Practice" by Shambala Publications.

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Zen. In the circles I’ve traveled it is a word that is often said and even more misunderstood.

Truth? I am still trying to understand it myself.

More truth? When I feel like I’ve built a nice and sturdy framework for it, the structure I’ve constructed topples to sticks and stones.

I laugh about it. I cry about it. I let go. I start again.

“This,” I think, “is Zen!" But is it?

It’s this question that lies at the heart of my conversation with Meido Moore Roshi, abbot of Korinji, a Rinzai Zen monastery in Wisconsin, where he transmits Zen Buddhist teachings that can find roots as far back as 5th century India.

Meido is an 86th-generation Zen dharma heir and a 48th-generation holder of the lineage descended from Rinzai Gigen.

The Rinzai Zen way, as instructed by Meido Moore Roshi, places particular emphasis on making use of the body as part of the practice, as well as fine arts, and internal energetic work. It was clear to me that he has an elemental connection and appreciation for the natural world, sharing this with his students by incorporating earth, air, fire, and water into their training. While there is certainly an aesthetic to Zen that is quite peaceful and minimalist, Meido is clear that the Rinzai way is much more akin to boot camp than a day at the spa.

In this conversation, Meido graciously helped clarify many of the concepts of Zen Buddhism, not least of all these three; What am I? What is this life for? Why is there suffering? Tucked in the green hills and farmlands of Madison, Wisconsin there is, at this very moment, an abbot and his students sincerely seeking the answers to these very questions. Wisdom and compassion are cultivated. The wheel of the dharma turns. Transmission occurs. I am reminded that it is good to have obtained this human existence.

“This," I think, “is Zen."

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Ep. 91 - The Magic Feather - Beacon Series Ft. Don Jose Ruiz - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 91 - The Magic Feather - Beacon Series Ft. Don Jose Ruiz - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 24, 2020

Ep. 91 - The Magic Feather - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Don Jose Ruiz, Toltec Shaman and author of "The Medicine Bag: Shamanic Rituals & Ceremonies for Personal Transformation" from Hierophant Publishing

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There are events in our lives that charged with a specific energy. These moments can feel electric. Time perhaps feels bent. Sensations get prickly, and details seem enhanced. To the outside world these make look like nothing more than the ongoing and ordinary ebb-and-flow of occurrences, but for the soul connected to the happening these grooves in the timeline take on new meaning. For the experiencer, these moments are made holy, and there is high value in the ability to go back to them and experience the wisdom and lessons many times as the wheel of life turns on. When I was a boy I had an experience like this, and even as young as I was there was an awareness that I should create a remembrance of the experience, so I gathered a small item from nature and kept it close to me; I keep it close still.

This became a practice throughout my life, and as the small totems of remembrance grew I started keeping them in a small and simple leather bag. For years it has moved with me along the timeline, mostly hanging in a visible space where I rest, that is until recently.

Several months ago I discovered the book “The Medicine Bag: Shamanic Rituals & Ceremonies for Personal Transformation” by Toltec Shaman, and author of “The Fifth Agreement,” Don Jose Ruiz. Many mornings I would bring Jose’s book with me on my dawn walks at a nearby cemetery, a place that I go to connect with Spirit and to pray for the living souls whose remains lie there. Day-by-day Don Jose’s words clarified the value of the medicine bag but expanded its value far beyond the small leather pouch and the contents inside. Something old was shaking loose inside my heart, space where I’d been keeping this medicine bag somewhat secret and safe from the eyes of the world. Jose’s book was asking me to share it with the world in a new way that I had not before. Inspired, I reached out to Don Jose’s publisher, and he graciously agreed to share his time with me on “Find the Good News."

This conversation was absolutely pivotal to me. Even still, I am riding along with the pleasant current of our visit. Jose radiated sweetness and kind energy that was palpable even across the great space between us. He listened to my experiences with love, and the words he offered in return carried the aroma of truth that I have come to appreciate from great teachers of wisdom.

Don Jose Ruiz is connected to his ancient heritage, and like his father Don Miguel Ruiz, he continues to practice, expand, and share the Shamanic wisdom of their Toltec ancestors. In our visit, Jose shared highly personal family stories, connecting them directly to the details of our talk, humanizing and grounding each of them with clear and meaningful connections with strands running directly into his heart.

In truth, this conversation was an invitation far beyond the pages of his new book “The Medicine Bag." In the midst of the conversation, Don Jose Ruiz invited me into the medicine bag that is his heart. In some small way, I feel as though I am there still.

I encourage you to untie the tight leather cord that may be sealing your heart, your medicine bag, tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 90 - The In Zone - Beacon Series Ft. Chris Niebauer Ph.D. - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 90 - The In Zone - Beacon Series Ft. Chris Niebauer Ph.D. - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 17, 2020

Ep. 90 - The In Zone - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Chris Niebauer, Ph.D., Author of "No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up to Buddhism" from Hierophant Publishing

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I once read that the very toxic escalation of ego-driven “me” culture started its ascent with the invention of the mirror. Long before one could truly see their own reflection with clarity, the best way to gain a clear picture of the self was in a relationship with others. The mirror came along, the self became even more infatuated with the appearance of the self and thus began our evolutionary slide into the maddening nature of influencer culture and selfies.

We see images of ourselves—digitally displayed and shared—more than any other time in human history. Inflated egos rule the signals, indoctrinating us into tribes and cults of personality, and somewhere in this maelstrom we cling to identities that are little more than piles of historical rubbish, random filaments of experience and memory are drawn together to form a conscious being that I call “me." I look over there, and I see another cluster that I call “you."

What happens when we start sifting through the curated bits and pieces that make up these selves we’ve become so enamored with? Am I my brain, my body, my memories, my nerves, my breath? When I feel love in my heart, where is my heart exactly, and what do I even mean by that? When I am sad and I suffer, where is the suffering and who is it happening to? What about my love for you, or the compassion that is activated when you are in pain? Is this indicative of a connected and collective bond between you and I that dissolves the common concepts of individualism and identity that we are familiar with? I brought these questions and more to my conversation on Find the Good News when I visited with Chris Niebauer, Ph.D., author of “No Self, No Problem: How Neuropsychology is Catching Up to Buddhism.”

In the early 90s, Chris noticed many similarities in psychology, neuroscience, and the teachings of Buddhism, Taoism, and many other Eastern spiritual traditions, and he has explored these intersections for over two decades. What Chris presents is a confirmation that the latest research in neuropsychology resonates with the Buddhist doctrine of “no self,” which refers to the solidified ego identity as a fabrication of the left side of the brain. This doesn’t mean you don’t exist, or that you are somehow not real, but rather that the ego that you’ve identified with is perhaps not the real you at all. 

What’s beautiful about Chris Niebauer's book, the exercises it contains, and this conversation is that they encourage us to go on an expedition into inner and uncharted zones that challenge who we think we are. “No Self, No Problem” brings us to a shared space outside of corrosive hyper-individualism, beyond the “otherhood” of the left brain, and into the right-brain experience of brotherhood.

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Ep. 89 - The Gathering Fire  - Beacon Series Ft. Diana Rowan - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 89 - The Gathering Fire - Beacon Series Ft. Diana Rowan - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 11, 2020

Ep. 89 - The Gathering Fire - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Diana Rowan, Author of "The Bright Way: Five Steps To Freeing The Creative Within" from New World Library

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15 years ago I was asked to speak to a group of graphic design students about creativity in the field of graphic communications. As I sat down to draft my presentation I asked myself, “What is creativity, and where does it come from?"

This question led me down a track far outside the field of graphic design, on into the nature of reality itself, and I have come to believe that creativity is an actual spiritual force, not unlike love, and that when tested it can be seen manifesting in kaleidoscopic ways throughout creation. If I were going to speak to these students about creative design then I would have to speak to them HONESTLY about the nature of creativity and how design proves the existence of this ordered, balancing, and glorious force. Not only is this creative principle in us, but it is outside of us. When we recognize it, connect to it, and apply it, wonders emerge.

That all sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? And one would think the realization alone would change your life. Happily ever after! Well, that’s not the case, at least not for me. Knowing isn’t doing, and I, like many, get stuck.

Sometimes creative momentum takes a full-stop, and getting the creaking pipes flowing again can be a real challenge. This is precisely why, I believe, special beings like Diana Rowan—author of “The Bright Way: Five Steps To Freeing The Creative Within”—are born into this world. They’re here to help the rest of us get unstuck, to get the elements of our creativity harmonizing again.

Part story and part call-to-action, her bright way could motivate even the most passive creative among us. Because her “bright way” method is elemental in nature, it is easy to adopt, apply, and understand because the metaphorical reminders exist all around us.

As you’ll learn in her book, and in this conversation, Diana is no stranger to being stuck herself. Her “bright way” path draws together the teachings of wisdom traditions from around the world in a fresh and palatable way.

I was not surprised to learn that Diana is an accomplished harpist. It compliments her kind and ethereal tones as she shares what she has learned.

If you’ve ever poured sand on your own fire of inspiration, then heed the advice of Diana Rowan. Creativity is in you, particular to you, waiting on you to say “yes." Your creativity wants to be loosed on the world, and lead you along a brighter, lovely way.

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Ep. 88 - The Shimmering Truth - Beacon Series Ft. Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMP - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 88 - The Shimmering Truth - Beacon Series Ft. Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMP - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 5, 2020

Ep. 88 - The Shimmering Truth - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Ellen Meredith, DA, EEMAP, Author of "The Language Your Body Speaks: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine" from New World Library

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When is the last time you stopped and really listened to your body? What physical aches do you live with daily? How are compensating for them? Do you have chronic issues that seem to never go away? Maybe, like many, you just feel off, heavy, out of balance, or worn down. Perhaps, like many people all across the world, you treat each and every creak and groan with pharmaceutical solutions that carry a landslide of negative side effects in their tailwind. What if there were other ways to approach the creaks and groans in your body?

In this episode, I visit with energy medicine practitioner Ellen Meredith, author of “The Language Your Body Speaks: Self-Healing with Energy Medicine.” Ellen has been practicing energy medicine for over 35 years, and during that time she has helped countless individuals harness the power of their body—their energy body—to bring balance, wellness, and health back to their lives.

Her book is a wonderful mix of stories, examples, and exercises that help people get in touch with their source code, the original human language, the language of energy. Ellen took the time to walk me through one of her key practices, and she applied her guiding insights to a personal practice of my own, enhancing it in ways I had not considered.

This conversation is a wonderful companion to Ellen’s new book and the good work she continues through her energy medicine practice. If like me, you have even the most rudimentary understanding of human energy, then this is a good place to start your path to healing and health in a very multi-dimensional way.

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Ep. 87 - The Slippage Ft. Heather Regan White - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 87 - The Slippage Ft. Heather Regan White - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

June 4, 2020

Ep. 87 - The Slippage - Ft. Heather Regan White, Journalist with the Southwest Daily News

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We live in strange times, made stranger and more disorienting by a steady stream of conflicting news and information signals from sunrise to sunset. Sifting through these competing signals and processing them to find relevant bits that add value to your life can be an exhausting grind with the potential to wear down a mind’s ability to discern truth from fiction.

Many are able to recall a time before the excessive pings-and-dings, reminders, alerts, and the ever-present “breaking news” ticker tape. In truth, my sheer exhaustion with this perpetual flow played a large role in the creation of “Find the Good News” podcast. I suppose we all have my general sense of being fed up for that.

Still, among the overlapping signals, there are those clear voices that curate and create content that is trustworthy. These are transmissions that I desperately crave, untainted and unbiased by politics, devoted to sharing plain information that can be made useful immediately without clawing through disorienting layers of spin and fog.

In this episode of “Find the Good News” I get to share my conversation with one such voice that I have come to appreciate. Enter my conversation with Heather Regan White, a journalist in my hometown of Sulphur, Louisiana.

Heather has been reporting, writing, and sharing for 25 years, and in that time she has become a clear and resonant sound of awareness in our community. As much as I appreciate her good work in our local paper, “The Southwest Daily News,” I have grown just as fond of her even and balanced presence on social media. In a community congested with competing “information station” groups and pages that have more in common with daytime talk-and-fight shows than they do with journalistic integrity, it is refreshing to know that a clear signal like Heather’s is readily available.

In my mind, Heather is an ally in the mission to cut through the noisy world of spin, and it was an absolute pleasure for me to have this candid visit with her.

Next time you get online or pick up a paper to see what’s going on in the world, you would be doing yourself a favor to look for a byline by Heather Regan White. You’ll be guaranteed to get the truth delivered by a dedicated journalist, and from time-to-time, there might be a well-balanced and educated opinion to go along with it.

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Ep. 86 - The Divine Feminine - Beacon Series Ft. Clark Strand & Perdita Finn - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 86 - The Divine Feminine - Beacon Series Ft. Clark Strand & Perdita Finn - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

May 27, 2020

Ep. 86 - The Divine Feminine - A Beacon Series Interview Ft. Clark Strand & Perdita Finn, co-authors of The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary

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Almost from the very moment of my initial awakening in the summer of 1995, I’ve had a hunger to learn, and reading was a critical source of nutrients for my ravenous mind. I’ve read many wonderful books since that day, and while my mind may not be as hungry, it still makes a healthy meal of many wonderful written works.

In the full scope of all the works I’ve read, there are those very special books that are more like profound life-events. I’m sure you understand my meaning. These are the books that place you in timeless spaces, moving beyond the realm of simple transference of information, or pleasurable stimulation. These are the works that become phenomena, and when you turn the last page your mind takes special note of the time and space in which you absorbed its message. Recently, I completed one such multifaceted work, so layered and rich that I reached out to the authors to see if they would visit with me on "Find the Good News." 

Enter my conversation Clark Strand & Perdita Finn, co-authors of the book “The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary.” On the surface, this book appears to be about the Rosary—and it is about that—but I very quickly learned that it while it is about this cherished, predominantly Catholic form of prayer, this inspired work was about so much more.

”The Way of the Rose,” through the Rosary, reaches down through the historic ages of humankind, and further still into prehistory, sinking to the very formation of the earth, on deeper to the creation of the universe. In this dynamic and invigorating conversation, Clark & Perdita graciously share their intimate discoveries as they followed the promptings and messages of the Lady—or the Girl—around the world and through the ages to produce “The Way of the Rose,” a work which reveals cross-cultural connections of the Divine Feminine using poetic and prophetic beats, unlike any work I’ve encountered before. 

What intrigued me most of all about “The Way of the Rose,” and the story of an encounter that Clark shares, is the sideways nature in which their relationship began. As someone that has been using a Rosary as a part of my own prayer life, long before I made my cycle within the organized Catholic Church, it was refreshing to visit with people that have experienced such powerful promptings. An ongoing journey like that of Clark Strand & Perdita Finn longs to be shared, or in this instance, cries out across the ages to be born.

I enjoyed this conversation with Clark Strand and Perdita Finn. They were so genuine, kind, and so open to sharing the sweet aroma of this unfolding work called “The Way of the Rose.”

Before you listen to this episode, I encourage you to look for the string that’s running through your life or the common links in the chain of your existence that binds one thing to the next.  Stop for a moment on the beads that have formed around every sacred moment you’ve experienced. Gently go through them one-by-one. Maybe, if you stay in this garland long enough, you’ll see the presence of a loving mother somewhere along your way.

Now, tune your attention to this Good News Beacon, and press play on a little good news.

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Ep. 85 - The Growing Voice Ft. Dominique Darbonne - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

Ep. 85 - The Growing Voice Ft. Dominique Darbonne - Find the Good News with Brother Oran

May 25, 2020

Ep. 85 - The Growing Voice - Ft. Dominique Darbonne of The Flamethrowers

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Since starting this Good News podcast signal, it’s been my great pleasure to meet people from my region that I may not have met otherwise. The truth is that this transmission has allowed me to do much more than simply meet them; I’ve gotten to know them in some very deep and personal ways. More often than not, when I finish one of these visits, I leave the conversation feeling like I’ve gained a new friend. Other times, it goes beyond friendship and expands into the category of an alliance. In talking with Dominique Darbonne, I gained a friend and an ally.

My local listeners may know Dominique as the singer for the on-fire band “The Flamethrowers,” but like each of us, her story goes so much deeper than her vocal vibrations.

I feel that I had this conversation with Dominique at a very peculiar time in her life. It was clear from our visit that there is a rising passion inside of her to use her voice beyond the local stage—even away from song—to bring attention to local injustices that affect her community, and champion for those the underdogs that are working tirelessly to make this region more civil and healthy.

She reminds me, yet again, that it is important to use right speech and right action when you’re on your path to waking up. Beyond that, know who your allies are and bring them together to speak as one voice as often as you can. That, dear friends, is a community worth speaking out for.

So, perk up, maybe steep some tea, and enjoy some green & open space in your hometown. Think about how the world is changing, how it’s changing you, and how you can put your reflections and your voice to work for those around you, then press play on a little good news.

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